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Aktív demokráciatechnikák alkalmazása - Struktúrált párbeszéd, érdekképviselet és kommunikációs kompetenciák fejlesztése a Verpelét és környéki fiatalok körében
Start date: Nov 1, 2015, End date: Oct 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

It is a great challenge in Europe and especially in Hungary, that for the young, the sphere of politics and economy is hardly accessible. It is hard to effect these spheres, if you are a young person. It is also not easy to negotiate between these spheres. A young person – especially someone with a deprived background (which is a given circumstance in our project) – often does not have the proper communication skills to express his or her needs in the political world. There can be a sensitive implementation point between the low-educated young people and the central decision-makers: we plan our activities to take effect at this point. Our project’s name is „The application of active-democracy techniques – structured dialogue, advocacy and the improvement of communication skills among young people in the city of Verpelét and its surroundings”. We, the Gipsy Methodology and Research Centre (CIMOK in Hungarian; founded by the Hungarian Pentecostal Church’s National Gypsy Mission: in Hungarian MPE OCM), are planning our project to take place in the surrounding area of the city of Verpelét. We have chosen this exact location, because we have had a situation analysis at several cities where the MPE OCM has facility- and staff capacities with several young volunteers involved in its activity. This capacity is the basic need of this project. Our target group is young people between the ages of 13-30. Among the young applicants we are planning to work with 45 persons. In this project they will be participating in all of the events: from various trainings to structured meetings with the decision-makers. We want to strengthen the participation of these young people in every sphere of the democratic process. However, firstly we shall help them to develop their skills. Therefore our project has two main pillars: the trainings on one hand and the structured meetings between the youth and the decision-makers on the other. We want our efforts to have effect on the attitude of the decision-makers as well: we would like them to look upon the youth as their partners. Besides the capacity of our project-team, we have invited professional trainers to hold our intercultural, career-planning and active citizenship trainings. We have approached the mayors of the stakeholder settlements to participate actively in our project. We have also contacted the regional representatives of the Parliament. Moreover, besides these core-events, we organize two major conferences, one taking place at the start of our project, and the other at the end. At these conferences, an ex-ante and an ex-post questionnaire will take place, which will be the cornerstone of our monitoring activity. There will be a thematic camp in our project, where the youth can use their newly acquired skills and experiences in an inspiring environment. The methodology of this camp will be based on non-formal education methods, while the issues in target will be social questions. A closing workshop will also take place, where our staff and think-tank can draw conclusions of the projects – via discussion with the most prominent participators of the project. We are looking forward to utilize our findings in our future projects, given that they are strongly connected to the issues we are dealing with in our KA3 activity.
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